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Sometimes You’re Just Guessing

by Roy Cooke |  Published: Aug 22, 2012


Many poker games consist of the same group of regulars. Once you have them figured, few strategy adjustments are required. But when poker is played in resort destinations like Las Vegas or Atlantic City, players are constantly faced with making tough judgments about players they have never played with before. And the lower the information level you have about your opponents, the more likely you are to make mistakes. I was spinning my wheels all afternoon playing $40-80 limit hold’em at the Bellagio. I hadn’t had a rush and nothing extraordinarily bad had occurred. I was winning a couple of hundred when a fellow I had never seen before replaced one of the local regulars. Wearing a tie, abnormal attire for most pros, plus grandstanding that he was a high no-limit player made me think the table was going to like his action. He also condescendingly announced that “limit is ...

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